Bartness wins Windy City Poker Championship main event



Poker players from around the country descended upon Chicagoland and Tinley Park to support the American Legion Post 615 Women’s Auxiliary and Shady Oaks Camp during the Windy City Poker Championship.

But it was Shawn Bartness who captured the $2K main event.
This four-day charity series also featured a televised $1,500 buy-in eight-person heads-up event and a $3K high roller sit-n-go.

The heads-up event featured local pros, including Nick Jivkov, James Snyder and Ryan Leng, along with high-stakes cash-game specialist Rick Rahim. The SNG featured WLS-TV and radio celebrities Richard Roeper and Ron Magers, who played against a tough field that included four WPT Boot Camp amateurs, pros Aaron Massey, Nick Brancato and 2003 World Series champ Chris Moneymaker.

“This year’s coverage is by far the best we have had to date; the combination of players and personalities will make for an entertaining broadcast,” WCPC executive director Kirk Fallah said.

You can watch the nationwide broadcasts this month; be sure to check listings for dates and times.

The 2010 WCPC main-event champ, Michael Sabbia, won the Chicago Ante Up Championship, and he followed that with a second-place finish in the main event behind Bartness.

MAJESTIC STAR: The Heartland Poker Tour returns Aug. 9-18, but the room’s Summer Daze deepstack tournament runs June 19-23 as the $300 main event will be June 23 at 10 a.m.

HORSESHOE HAMMOND: Casimer Fijalkowski won April’s Last Saturday of the Month $500 event, beating nearly 220 players for $22,458. The prize pool was nearly $100K, and Fijalkowski also won an entry into the next Last Saturday event in May.

— “Chicago” Joe Giertuga is Ante Up’s Chicagoland Ambassador. Email him at

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